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GRIEG, E.: Violin Sonata No. 2 / CHAUSSON, E.: Poème / FRANCK, C.: Violin Sonata (Smart, Back)

GRIEG, E.: Violin Sonata No. 2 / CHAUSSON, E.: Poème / FRANCK, C.: Violin Sonata (Smart, Back)

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2014

Originally recorded in 2014

Artists:

Callum Smart

Soloist

Gordon Back

Soloist

Venue:

Potton Hall, Suffolk

Venue

Record Label
Orchid Classics

Genre:

Chamber


Classical

Total Time - 61:53
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GRIEG, E.: Violin Sonata No. 2 / CHAUSSON, E.: Poème / FRANCK, C.: Violin Sonata (Smart, Back)

     
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EDVARD GRIEG

 

Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13

 
1 I. Lento doloroso - Allegro vivace 08:52
2 II. Allegretto tranquillo 05:59
3 III. Allegro animato 05:50
     
 

ERNEST CHAUSSON

4 

Poeme, Op. 25 (arr. for violin and piano)

14:09
     
 

CESAR FRANCK

 

Violin Sonata in A Major, M. 8

 
5 I. Allegretto ben moderato 05:53
6 II. Allegro 08:08
7 III. Recitativo - Fantasia: Ben moderato - Molto lento 06:52
8 IV. Allegretto poco mosso 06:10
     
 Callum Smart Soloist
 Gordon Back Soloist


 When the idea of recording my debut CD first arose I was extremely excited at the prospect of exploring a process which was completely new to me, and having the opportunity to choose and present some of my favourite pieces of music.

 
Chausson’s Poème has for many years now been a piece to which I have felt very emotionally attached and have always dreamt of playing and recording. Its wild, imaginative story line, combined with its challenging technical and musical difficulties, ensures plenty of food for thought!
 
The Grieg Sonata is one that I first learnt for the Menuhin Competition in 2010. After my performance of this piece, I was awarded the prize of a UK tour to be accompanied by Gordon Back, the Artistic Director of the competition; this was the first time we appeared together and the beginning of a regular partnership. From that moment onwards this work has been thoroughly engrained into our recital repertoire. Its use of Norwegian folk melodies, which charm us with their innocence and beauty, together with the sense of unity with nature that Grieg captures in all of his music, is, I think, particularly attractive.
 
The Franck Sonata is a work that every violinist should play at some stage - so I thought why not now! I immensely enjoyed recording this and it gave me a chance to explore all the colours and different sound worlds of the violin. This sonata is one of the most fulfilling works to play and takes both violin and piano on a fantastic journey, physically and mentally, and I am delighted that I have been given the opportunity to record my version of this great work.
 
© Callum Smart
 

 "... the sincerity of Smart’s singing line is cause for celebration, and the recital is quite outstanding in its unique sequence and profile of a superb young player."

Andrew Parker - International Record Review - April 2014




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